Born a Crime
This study guide will help you analyze Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective. The quotes in this analysis are from the 2016 edition by Spiegel & Grau.
Presentation of the text
Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016)
Author: Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah (b. 1984) is a South African comedian and television host. He has hosted multiple television shows and is currently the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program. He also performs as a stand-up comedian.
His autobiography, Born a Crime, was published in 2016 and focuses on Noah’s life in South Africa, during the apartheid system. The book mainly follows the consequences of apartheid’s system of racial classification, which labeled Noah as colored, his mother as black, and his father as white. The autobiography was well-received by the audience and is going to be adapted into a film which will be directed by Liesl Tommy, a South African-American director.
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